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A Tool That May Help With Updo’s

January 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter time is the best time for formal events. Long and sleek dresses, beautiful diamond jewelry, and don’t forget the big hair. Most women stick with lustrous updo’s for formal events, which can require lots and lots of pins and hairspray. Some stylists even use curlers to give hair volume and bounce. What some people don’t know, though, is that a hair straightener can even help put things together when styling your hair in an updo.

Although it won’t help give much volume, you can use a hair straightener as a tool to help weave through your strands and get the perfect silky start before you perform an updo with your hair. Some straighteners are great for this because they remove some frizz and smooth over curls that may be winding through your hair. The best part about using a straightener to start, however, is that it gives your hair a fresh look that will last all through the night. Most women who have a shorter length of bangs use a flat iron to style after their hair is already in the updo, to give the hair a classier look. If a straightener can do that on bangs, imagine the kind of work it can perform on longer strands of hair!

To begin, spritz a root lifter and a small amount of heat protectant spray. You won’t need too much of the heat protectant spray because you won’t be using your straightener to completely go over your whole head of hair. The key to this process is to remember, you aren’t straightening all of your hair, you’re only going over a few areas to give a good polished look before beginning an updo. After spraying the product into your hair, you may want to finger through and find pieces that need to be straightened. Whether they look dry or curly, your best bet is to run the straightener through so your updo won’t look sloppy. The goal is to create a sexy hairstyle, not a bird’s nest on top of your head.

To get the best look in your strands, run your straightener through the hair at a diagonal angle. Most women press the plates through their hair at a horizontal angle, which will create a dented look in the hair. The dents may not be quite as evident in an updo since all of the hair will be pressed back, but it’s still a good idea to get a smoother look. As you begin straightening more and more, you may notice that other pieces of hair look sloppy compared the newly straightened pieces. This isn’t a big deal, as the straightened pieces will cover up the not so straight strands in the end. You may run through the others but it won’t make too much of a difference in the final look.

After you have used the straightener enough and have smoothed through the hair for elegance, you may begin to pin it back into your updo. As some clients of stylists have noticed, pieces that hang out of the updo look a bit flirtier if they are curly. However, since it is the season for sexy and sleek styled dresses, your hair should match your formal outfit by being just as soft and smooth as the dress you wear. The final look of an updo looks very polished and professional when it is straight.

Keeping Your Hair Up for Summer

July 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When the temperature goes up for the summer it is always a good idea for women to get their hair up as well. After using professional hair dryers to ensure your locks are dry then use pins to create hairdos on top of your head to get it up off your neck. These up-dos as they are also known have been the latest trends seen on the catwalks of the fashion industry. Add a little curl to the pieces, which hand down with a hair styling iron and enjoy the hottest looks of the summer as well as a cooler style.

How to Choose and Use Curlers

January 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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There are a wide range of curlers and rollers available. They vary in diameter, width and length and come in heated and non-heated. The larger the roller the larger the curler, the smaller it is the tighter your curls will be.

If you have short hair then smaller curlers will work best. If your hair is long, depending on the type of curl you want, you can use any size. The large curlers will give more body and smooth, loose curls.

Taking sections of your hair, smaller sections for smaller curls, larger sections for larger curls, gently twist the section and then starting at the bottom roll the ends around the curler making sure the ends of your hair are tucked in to prevent kinks. Then roll the curlers up to the base of your scalp. Be sure not to roll too tight so you don’t cause any damage. When removing curlers unroll them in the same direction you curled them up in. This will prevent your hair from becoming tangled in the roller.

Depending on the type of roller you are using here are some tips to consider;

Heated Rollers and Steam curlers – to prevent burning your hair always make sure hair is dry before using these types of curlers. Steam curlers are the gentlest on your hair but will take a little longer as you have to wait for them to dry.

Velcro rollers – because you don’t need clips these are great for shorter styles as well as for fine hair that breaks easily. If using them on long hair you may need clips to help hold curlers in place.

Magnetic Rollers – used on wet hair these curlers will provide a longer lasting smooth curl.

Flexi-rods and Hair Twirlers – these long, thin rollers a spiral curl without the use of pins or clips.

Plastic Mesh Rollers – these curlers allow hair to dry quickly and create smooth curls.

Snap-on Rollers and Brush Rollers – although these curlers hold hair securely they can cause hair damage and therefore are not highly recommended.

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